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MSHA Workplace Examinations a Front Burner Issue for Metal and Non-metal Mines

Jun 01, 2015

MSHA Workplace Examinations a Front Burner Issue for Metal and Non-metal Mines

In late 2014, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published its regulatory agenda for 2015. MSHA will consider how operators perform workplace examinations via a request for information from stakeholders in June 2015 to address fatalities in the metal/non-metal ...

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Martin Marietta mine among 18 cited during MSHA monthly inspection in April

May 28, 2015

Martin Marietta mine among 18 cited during MSHA monthly inspection in April

  A Nebraska mine operated by Martin Marietta Materials was the lone metal and nonmetal mine cited during April’s monthly MSHA impact inspections. MSHA announced the list May 28 of the 18 total mines that were issued a total of 107 citations ...

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The Labor Department is auditing MSHA for allegedly failing to collect penalty fines

May 19, 2015

The Labor Department is auditing MSHA for allegedly failing to collect penalty fines

  The Mine Safety and Health Administration may have failed to collect millions of dollars in mine safety penalties. And it’s garnered the attention of the inspector general of the Labor Department. NPR reports that the inspector general, Scott Dahl, has launched ...

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Near Miss: Miner injured after he was pinned between two marble slabs

May 19, 2015

A miner was hospitalized following an accident at an underground marble mine. The Miner was cutting a large slab of marble with a wire saw when the slab began to topple towards him. The miner was pinned between two slabs of ...

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Miner injured in underground limestone accident

May 13, 2015

Miner injured in underground limestone accident

A miner was hospitalized for injuries recently after a near-miss accident in an underground limestone mine, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) said in a metal/non-metal near-miss alert. According to MSHA, a miner operating a roof-bolter was working under ...

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MSHA issues near-miss accident alert, best practices after highwall collapse traps operator in excavator

May 06, 2015

MSHA issues near-miss accident alert, best practices after highwall collapse traps operator in excavator

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a metal/non-metal near-miss accident alert in response to a highwall collapse that trapped a miner in the cab of an excavator. A large chalk ball/bolder struck the operator’s cab, trapping the miner ...

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MSHA details mining deaths during quarterly training call

May 04, 2015

MSHA details mining deaths during quarterly training call

The Mine Safety and Health Administration gave details about the Jan. 8 death of a man at a sand and gravel mine during a quarterly training call on Wednesday, April 29. MSHA said a 63-year-old sales manager was installing new screen ...

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MSHA’s new RTLB compliance tool may come with a price

May 01, 2015

MSHA’s new RTLB compliance tool may come with a price

During a stakeholder meeting on Feb. 25, 2015, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) unveiled a new online web tool to provide information on a mine site’s compliance with the ‘Rules to Live By’ standards.  ‘Rules to Live By’ ...

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State and Province News

May 01, 2015

California Vulcan Materials Co. is in the process of transforming all of the original 30- to 50-foot benches at its Azusa operation into 1- and 2-foot microbenches that match the contours of the natural hillside. According to the San Gabriel Valley ...

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Three people injured, two seriously, at underground quarry in Pennsylvania

May 01, 2015

Three people injured, two seriously, at underground quarry in Pennsylvania

Three people were injured in a quarry mining accident in Westmoreland County early Wednesday morning, April 29, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The incident occurred at approximately 5 a.m. at Hanson Aggregates BMC Inc.’s Whitney Stone Quarry in Unity, Pa. “Early this ...

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MSHA issues citations to seven metal/non-metal mines during impact inspections in March

Apr 30, 2015

MSHA issues citations to seven metal/non-metal mines during impact inspections in March

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that federal inspectors issued 188 citations and two orders as a result of special impact inspections conducted at 13 coal mines and seven metal/non-metal mines in March. Monthly inspections involve mines that ...

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MSHA asks for 2016 budget increase of $19 million

Apr 29, 2015

MSHA asks for 2016 budget increase of $19 million

At an April 23 hearing before the House Workforce Protections Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph A. Main warned against agency budget cuts, citing the ...

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